Indelible Impressions

From Samarkand to Srinagar, Ashiq Hussain narrates the 600-year-old journey of stylish Samovar to the snow-bound valley of Kashmir through the Silk Route. The use of copper for cooking ware in the households of Kashmir—irrespective...

Woolen Treasure

Carpets in Kashmir are known to be artistic, creative and warm as well. Syed Asma reports on the common man’s carpet, the Namda-the main forex earner before carpets took over. Namda, the felted woolen carpet,...

Fields of Fortune

Kashmir is home to one of the rarest and most expensive spices in the world: Saffron. Shams Irfan walks through the historic fields of Pampore. In October the otherwise sleepy town of Pampore comes to...

Weaving Magic

A special thread from Assam mounted onto the handloom along with thickened silk from Patna, the skillful hands of a Kashmiri artisan and the locally-recreated-designs from Hamadan, is what goes in the making of...

The Dream Wrap

Kashmir shawls are known for their intricacies, variety, material, designs and that exquisite look. It has entered the pages of history and has had an association with emperors and kings, queens and kingdoms. Sometimes...

Protecting Traditional Crafts

M Shariq Farooqi The handicraft industry in Jammu and Kashmir occupies an important place in its economy besides being a significant contributor to its foreign exchange earnings. The state’s handicrafts enjoy a prominent position on...

Exquisite Art, gifted hands

Over the centuries, skilled Kashmiri artisans have produced a myriad of intricate and elegant pieces of art—carved in wood. Junaid Bazaz reports on the beautiful tradition of woodwork.   Kashmir is home to the finest quality...

The carpet industry of Kashmir

Zubair Ahmad The Kashmir valley is well known for its arts and crafts and their importance in economic development of the State through employment generation and contribution to the export basket is substantial . Among...

Spare A Thought, If Not A Rupee

Dr Haseeb Drabu In 1873 a newspaper notice to American buyers in Paris, lists the price range for Kashmiri shawls to be 2000-5000 French francs. This advertisement is preserved by the Weaving Art Museum for...

Artisans to Artists

The cultural industries of Kashmir can become the harbinger of an enterprising future for commerce, says Haseeb A Drabu. Handicraft is not any odd enterprise or ordinary business for us in Kashmir. It is the...

The Graceful Art of Embroidery

These can be found in posh designer stores throughout the world. The unique Crewel work by master artisans is an identity of families and clans across Kashmir, a Kashmir Life report. One indigenous craft that...

Delicate Mastery

It’s hard to imagine that these beautifully crafted pieces of art are created from some of the simplest of raw materials. Umer Beigh reports on the creative genius of the Kashmiri Papier-mâché. Papier-mâché is a...

Buyers are more enthusiastic

It is the fourth buyer seller meeting that the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) is organizing. Tasavur Mushtaq meets KCCI president Abdul Hamid Punjabi to understand how successfully the exercise is helping...

Retrieving The Glory

Handicrafts have been the main movers of Kashmir economy for centuries. The industry has survived through Kashmir’s troublesome history, but now might need more pragmatic interventions to fit it in the modern economy. Kashmir...

The Story, So Far

While the financial year which is about to close has been very rewarding as well as challenging, the ensuing year too is going to be very significant in many respects.The current financial year has...

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